The 1980s Media Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons

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    ZLoth
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    From Atlas Obscura:

    The 1980s Media Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons
    From Mazes and Monsters to Dark Dungeons, D&D was a lot scarier in the 1980s

    THESE DAYS YOUR LIFE ISN’T complete if you aren’t part of a role-playing gaming group, but it wasn’t that long ago that playing Dungeons & Dragons was seen as a surefire ticket to madness and damnation.

    During the 1980s, D&D became associated with violence and teen suicide, casting a spell over the media that resulted in some strident anti-fantasy propaganda.

    FULL ARTICLE HERE


    “All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925

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    Earl
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    Glad Mazes & Monsters got a mention. Holy crap was it awful.

    (For those of you bold enough to watch the whole thing…)

    I wonder if I should add it to the Retrogram lineup…? 😆


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    ZLoth
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    So, it’s available on DVD and Amazon Prime Video. It originally aired on CBS on Tuesday, December 28th, which means even the network knew this movie was bad.

    And, if it wasn’t for Tom Hanks, this made for TV movie would have seen second life as a MST3K flick….


    “All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925

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